Eastern Counties One table-toppers West Norfolk prepare for another crucial fixture


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Title-chasing West Norfolk will be looking to build on their huge victory over Newmarket which edged them closer to the championship on Saturday.

The North Wootton outfit won the top-of-the-table clash 29-26 to leapfrog previous Greene King Eastern Counties Division One league leaders Newmarket. They have a one point lead with just three matches to go as the race to finish as top dogs continues to hot up.

Captain Lawrence Savage said: 'Last weekend was a massive game for us and the build up to kick-off was amazing. Newmarket are a very dangerous team, but we felt we gifted them a couple of soft tries earlier in the game and I knew we always had it in us to come back.

'However, to do it in the manner in which we did so late on in the match, well, that just shows me how much character and hunger for success this young side has.'

West face the lengthy trip to Harwich & Dovercourt tomorrow knowing they are expected, from the outside, to beat a team that sits 10th in the 11-team standings. But Savage insists it could be one of his troops' most difficult tests yet.

'We have three very hard games left and this Saturday promises to be one of our toughest of the season,' said Savage.

'It's been a while since we've done ourselves justice at Harwich. Despite fighting relegation, their league position doesn't illustrate just what a threat they can be. The league is so close and with bonus points up for grabs it's vital that we maintain focus on each game.

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'The important thing is that our own destiny is in our hands now. It's a big challenge, but if we keep winning with bonus points we'll stay top whatever anyone else does. The lads have worked so hard to get this far and I know we have got what it takes, if we want it enough.'

West narrowly won the reverse clash 20-15. Their title rivals Newmarket make the trip to Southwold.

Elsewhere, mid-table Swaffham welcome Crusaders as they look to secure a top-half finish in their first term in EC One.